Wisenheimer is a long form improv comedy troupe formed in 2011 in Rock Island IL, where they have a residency at The Establishment performing uncensored shows the first Saturday of every month.
Leslie Mitchell, Jeff De Leon, Brent Tubbs, and Jen Kuhle have a myriad of improv training from nationally renown institutions in Chicago and Los Angeles, and travel the country performing at comedy festivals, special events, and theatres. In 2015, the troupe launched Wisenheimer: The Podcast with new episodes released bi-weekly.
Wisenheimer creates memorable characters who weave in and out of unforgettable and intelligent scenes - that can also be deliciously crass - all based on suggestions from the audience.
• 2017 Third Coast Improv Fest // Nashville, TN
• 2016 Crossroads Comedy Festival // Indianapolis, IN
• 2016 Detroit Improv Festival // Ferndale, MI
• 2016 Big Des Moines Improv Festival // Des Moines, IA
• 2016 Green Gravel Comedy Festival // Iowa City, IA
• 2015 C-U Improv Festival // Champaign, IL
LESLIE MITCHELL began her improvisational career in Phoenix, Arizona, where she performed for seven years with the OxyMoron'z and was one of the inaugural members of the Jester'z Improv Comedy Troupe. There she co-founded the hilariously successful sketch comedy troupe, Dry Heat, alongside Matt Higbee. A move to Chicago, Illinois, began another saga of performing with yet another seven year residence at iO Theater (formally ImprovOlympic), where she was most proud of her team, The Washington Generals. Like every other actor in Chi-town, Leslie worked for The Second City and other productions here and there, and won some international awards writing and performing in the acclaimed sketch comedy show, Girly. In addition, she has performed at the Phoenix Improv Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, Detroit Improv Festival, DuoFest, Green Gravel Comedy Festival, C-U Improv Festival, Eau Claire Improv Festival, and Chicago SketchFest. Now residing in Iowa, Leslie is a co-founder of Wisenheimer, and is thrilled to be playing with ComedySportz, Tandem, Full Disclosure, True Story, Galentine's Day, and Critical Hit.
JEFF DE LEON has studied improvisation with iO Theater (formally ImprovOlympic) The Second City Conservatory, Annoyance Theater, and The Playground in Chicago. He's in his 22nd year as a performer and instructor at ComedySportz in the Quad Cities, is a founding member of the acclaimed national improv touring company, Guys In Ties, and the sketch comedy troupe, Comedy Thingy. Jeff has performed at Detroit Improv Festival, Third Coast Improv Festival, Phoenix Improv Festival, DuoFest, Traverse City Comedy Arts Fest, Twin Cities Improv Festival, Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Compass Improv Festival, Eau Claire Improv Fest, C-U Improv Festival, So ILL Comedy Festival, Chicago SketchFest, numerous ComedySportz World Championships, has opened for the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, and has been a guest performer with Chicago Improv Productions, Tantrum, Midnight Blue, and The Hot Karl. He is a co-founder of Wisenheimer, and is also a performer in Tandem, 309, Full Disclosure, True Story, Critical Hit, Movie: The Musical, and Shakespeared!
BRENT TUBBS has lived, breathed, and devoured improv comedy since joining ComedySportz in the Quad Cities in 1999. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, where he performed with the headlining group Cross, Ross, & Tubbs for two years. Brent has also performed improv with ComedySportz in L.A., Sacramento, and now back in his hometown of Rock Island, Illinois. He is one half of the comedy duo Tubbs & Kelly Present... where they improvise a one act play, sometimes, based on the set of another show. Brent is also a member of the world famous theatre troupe, The Reduced Shakespeare Company. He has toured with the RSC since 2005, where he has been to such exotic locations as Holland, Belgium, and scenic New Jersey. Brent's writing includes a Young Adult novel entitled TUSA available on Lulu.com. He is an also an avid sketch writer and has written and performed in numerous sketch troupes in both L.A. and the Quad Cities. Brent and his wife are also the co-founders of The Spotlight Theatre in Moline, IL.
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS:
• Matt Higbee (iO Theater)
• Jen Kuhle (The Holograms)
• Kim Scarfe (The Last Laugh Comedy Theater)
• Kat Gotsick (iO Theater, CSz Chicago)
• Josh Feemster (iO West, Groundlings)
• Claire Wilcher (Blarf)
• Jon Colby (Dudesical)
• Clay Sander (WNEP Theater, The Second City)
• Tori House (Victoria's Secret Show)
• Jeremy Mahr (Sketchville)
• Bob Kelly (Tubbs & Kelly Present)
• Nate Klaus (2012-15)
• John Hannon (co-founder, 2011-14)
Wisenheimer was founded in 2011 by Leslie Mitchell, Jeff De Leon, and John Hannon with the intent of bringing quality long form improv comedy to the Quad Cities area. They debuted on Wednesday, December 14th at The Establishment in The District of Rock Island, IL.
The show runs every Wednesday for a year, slowly building a loyal following with each passing week. In April, Wisenheimer has a featured article done in the Quad-City Times. The following month, Nate Klaus joined the cast as the show expanded to four members.
In January, The Establishment launched the Late Night Studio Series, where Wisenheimer was moved to a permanent residency with shows the first Saturday of every month. That month, they also produced a second show, Side Project, which featured a local celebrity as a special guest monologist.
John Hannon performed his final show with Wisenheimer in May. Frequent guest performer Brent Tubbs subsequently joined the cast the following month.
At the 2015 ComedySportz World Championship in June, three members of Wisenheimer were featured performers during a live recording of Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane as well as two members representing the Quad Cities in the championship match. That same month, Nate Klaus performed for the final time with Wisenheimer, and the troupe then opted to return to its original 3-person format. In November, Wisenheimer made their festival debut at the C-U Improv Festival in Champaign, IL.
On Saturday, December 5th, Wisenheimer formally announced the launch of Wisenheimer: The Podcast at their 4-Year Anniversary show.
Wisenheimer is an official selection to the Green Gravel Comedy Festival in March, the Big Des Moines Improv Festival in April, the Detroit Improv Festival in August, and the Crossroads Comedy Festival in October.
Wisenheimer is an official selection to the Third Coast Improv Fest in Nashville, TN. They also retain their residency at The Establishment for the newly rebranded The Late Nite Shows.
Following numerous guest performances, Jen Kuhle officially joined Wisenheimer in April growing the troupe back to four members.